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Teacher banned for cyber ‘game’

  • by: Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • December 03, 2010 11:00PM

A TEACHER who made an avatar – a computer alter ego – to interact inappropriately with a 12-year-old in a virtual world has been deregistered and banned for reapplying for four years.

Gregory Stark, 44, was also found by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to have hugged and kissed the student inappropriately, sent her inappropriate text messages including one saying, “I love you so much it hurts”, and given her presents including mobile phone credit, CDs and poems.

In a written decision QCAT stated the student gave evidence Mr Stark’s avatar “engaged in sexualised behaviour with her avatar”.

“When questioned about this, Mr Stark was evasive; he consistently claimed he “did not know” whether his avatar was capable of such behaviour,” the written decision stated.

The tribunal also found he had encouraged the student to use a webcam when she was interacting online with him.

“The tribunal considers that the behaviour of Mr Stark is very serious,” QCAT wrote.

“He has admitted that he wanted his relationship with the student to continue after she left school.

“He accessed school records to obtain her home telephone number and address and visited the student at home during the holidays.

“He discouraged the student from telling others of his conduct because he knew it was inappropriate.”

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), which began an investigation into Mr Stark after it was informed by the Department of Education there was an investigation into his behaviour last October, told QCAT the teacher’s conduct represented “a campaign of grooming”.

The tribunal ordered Mr Stark’s teaching registration be cancelled and he be banned from reapplying for four years.

He was also ordered to obtain treatment from a registered psychologist within 12 months of reapplying for registration.





Craig Douglas Stewart

Posted: November 12, 2014 by Serendipity in Tasmania
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Sex crim’s longer sentence

DAVID KILLICK   |   December 16, 2010 12.01am

A REPEAT child-sex offender will spend an extra six months in prison because his latest crime was a breach of an earlier suspended sentence.

Craig Douglas Stewart, 42, formerly of New Town, appeared in the Supreme Court in Hobart yesterday.

The court heard Stewart was convicted in 2008 of exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl over the internet.

On that occasion, he undressed and performed a lewd act in front of a webcam before sending the girl explicit text messages.

Police who tracked him down through his mobile phone number found child pornography on his computer.

Justice Shan Tennent sentenced him to 18 months in jail but suspended six months of the sentence. He was released in May 2009.

Last month, Stewart was convicted of a string of further offences committed on a 15-year-old girl in August.

Stewart sent the girl an SMS message asking if she would sleep with him, and sent her a picture of himself naked.

They met and he drove her to Seven Mile Beach where he had sex with her without wearing a condom.

When police arrived at this home he said “I’ve made a mistake”.

Justice Peter Evans jailed Stewart for a year for communicating with intent to procure a person under the age of 17 to engage in an unlawful sexual act, indecent assault, and having sex with a young person under 17.

In the Supreme Court in Hobart yesterday, Justice Shan Tennent ordered he serve the six months when his current term finishes.


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Van park man had in excess of 500 child porn images

20 Apr, 2012 08:59 AM

POSSESSING more than 500 pornographic photos of children has resulted in an 18-month suspended sentence for a Nowra man.

Christopher John William Smith, 40, of Willows Caravan Park, pleaded guilty in Nowra Local Court to owning images of child abuse.

Smith was arrested on July 2 last year after police went to his van to speak to him about possessing child pornography.

Smith showed police his laptop and they saw six photos of children around 10 years of age in suggestive poses and wearing underwear.

A search of the van uncovered seven DVDs with more photos.

Police seized Smith’s laptop, webcam, mobile phone and modem and took him to Nowra Police Station.

They viewed the discs at the station and saw photos of two young Asian girls, also about 10, completely naked and performing sexual acts on each other.

Smith admitted to owning child pornography and said he realised it was illegal.

When asked why he had it, he told police he was interested in young girls’ clothing as he collected dolls and got ideas for their fashions from the photos.


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Police pose as girls to snare internet predator

July 7, 2011

A Victorian man engaged in sexually explicit internet chats with police officers posing as two teenage girls and arranged to meet them for sex, a court has heard.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 42, thought he was chatting to 13- and 14-year-old girls, and told them he wanted to have sex with them.

Millard arranged to meet them at suburban railway stations, but he did not show up for the meetings, prosecutor Robert Corr said.

During the conversations he asked the officers posing as girls about their breasts and masturbated in front of them on a webcam.

When one of them said she was a virgin, Millard replied: “Not for long”.

Millard was jailed in South Australia last year for inciting a child to perform an indecent act after an online conversation with a South Australian police officer posing as a girl.

That conversation took place around the same time as the Victorian one.

When Millard was paroled in South Australia after serving 10 months he was immediately re-arrested and extradited to Victoria.

Millard’s barrister Philip Skehan said his client had an intellectual disability and was effectively an “eight-year-old in a man’s body”.

He urged Judge Campton to place his client on a release order, which is similar to a suspended sentence.

Mr Corr said the fact that no child had suffered did not diminish the seriousness of the offending.

He said it was clear Millard knew what he was doing was illegal.

Millard, of Croydon, who pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 for sex, will be sentenced on August 5.

Man jailed for seducing girl, 13

  • From:AdelaideNow
  • September 28, 2010 6:09pm

A VICTORIAN man attempted to seduce a 13-year-old girl and travelled to Adelaide to meet her, but “chickened out”, a court has heard.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Melbourne pleaded guilty to one count of inciting an indecent act by a child.

In sentencing today, Judge Rosie Davey said Millard travelled to Adelaide but “chickened out” of meeting with the girl – actually an undercover police officer.

She said Millard had spoken with the intended victim using an internet chat program for about a month and planned the meeting as part of a trip to SA, where he also wanted to visit his infant son.

During those chats he performed indecent acts on himself and asked the intended victim do the same.

He also asked for a picture of the girl’s breasts.

On arrival in Adelaide he contacted the intended victim, but then made excuses to avoid the meeting.

Judge Davey said it was important to protect young people, particularly teenagers, using the internet.

“It is important that it is widely known in the community that the risk of being caught by police is very real,” Judge Davey said.

“It is important for the community to know that police officers are regularly conducting operations and engaging in chat room conversations.”

Judge Davey said Millard, a former Coles trolley collector, had an intellectual disability, but was aware what he was doing was wrong.

She said he was embarrassed and sorry for his actions.

Millard, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, was setenced to 7 months in custody. He has been in custody since his April arrest and will be eligible for release in a just over a month.

After his release, Millard plans to return to Victoria to care for his ill elderly mother.

Victorian tried to seduce ‘girl’ over internet

  • Sean Fewster, Court Reporter
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • August 13, 2010 2:16PM

A VICTORIAN man has admitted trying to seduce a South Australian girl for sex over the internet.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Croydon in Victoria, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

He pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of inciting an indecent act by a child.

Prosecutors had alleged that, beginning on March 15, Millard used the Yahoo Chat program to chat and exchange photos with a girl he thought was Claudia Williams, 13.

They said that, in April, he travelled to Adelaide to meet her.

That rendezvous never took place because “Claudia” was the alias of an undercover police officer.

Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis remanded Millard in custody to face the District Court next month.


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Leask has been sentenced to 3 years jail after he used Facebook & Skype to manipulate vulnerable teenagers.

The offences included online child sex charges & indecent dealing & occured just months after he was spared jail for his previous offences.

Judge Staude described his behaviour as sinister.

Online Perth sex predator avoids prison

  • Tim Clarke
  • AAP
  • November 16, 2012 3:16PM

A MAN who persuaded young girls in the US and Australia to perform sexual acts via video chat websites – and then threatened to expose them to friends and family if they did not continue doing it – has escaped a jail sentence.

Daniel John Leask, 22, pleaded guilty to inciting the girls, who were aged between 13 and 15, to perform various sex acts as he watched them on his laptop at his Perth home in 2010 and 2011.

He also admitted blackmailing them with threats of exposure if they stopped.

The first victim, who lived in the US, was just 14 when Leask befriended her online and persuaded her to remove her clothes and masturbate, while he watched on a webcam.

When she eventually objected, Leask threatened to hack into her computer and reveal her behaviour.

When the girl deleted Leask from her social media circle, he tracked her down through an instant messaging service, told her he had recorded their previous exchange and threatened to post the video online.
He then contacted the girl’s mother under an alias, and told her her daughter had been recorded performing sexual acts online.

The girl’s mother contacted US authorities, who tipped off the Australian Federal Police.

Four more girls suffered similar persuasion and coercion, two in America, one in Victoria and one in NSW, who was the youngest victim at just 13.

She was persuaded to expose herself and then threatened with exposure to her parents if she did not perform more explicit acts, which she eventually did.

She told her brother, who contacted Australian authorities.

In the District Court of Western Australia, Judge Kevin Sleight said the damage caused to the victims meant they had been humiliated and sexually corrupted by Leask.

He rejected a suggestion Leask had made to police that he was a “white knight” persuading teenagers not to have sex online.

“You used threats to keep all of these girls involved in sexual activity on the screen,” Judge Sleight said.

He revealed that Leask had been driven to his offending after he had suffered a similar experience when he was 17.

Leask was coerced by an unnamed man to perform a sexual act online, with the video published on the internet.
This led to him being bullied and humiliated, causing him to suffer severe depression.

Judge Sleight said he had serious concerns for Leask’s welfare if he was sent to prison, given his mental health and immaturity.

Leask was given a three-year good behaviour bond, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and placed under an intense supervision order.

He faces a possible three and a half years in jail if he breaches the bond or the order.


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Phillip Joseph Holman

Posted: November 21, 2012 by Serendipity in South Australia
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Under-age sex predator avoids jail


November 20, 2006 02:26pm

A MAN who set up a sex rendezvous with a teenage girl – unaware his would-be lover was actually a police officer – has narrowly avoided going to jail.

A District Court judge today agreed to suspend Phillip Joseph Holman’s two-year, three-month jail term because the 46-year-old had “learned his lesson”.

Holman pleaded guilty to one count of procuring a child to engage in sexual activity in May of this year.

While suffering a mid-life crisis, Holman met a 13-year-old girl in an internet chatroom, seduced her by displaying his genitals over a webcam and suggested they meet for sex in his car.

Carrying a mobile phone bought under a false name, and with fake licence plates attached to his car, Holman went to rendezvous with his would-be lover.

Instead of a teenager, he was met by a police officer – who had conducted a sting operation – and was arrested.

In court today, Judge Dean Clayton said the only “fortunate aspect” of Holman’s offence was that “there is no actual victim”.

“Your conduct was a combination of low intelligence and a mid-life crisis, leading to a spontaneous decision to engage in an adventure which was an exercise in poor judgment,” he said.

Holman had claimed to have good reason for his crime, saying he had no intention of having sex with the girl and only wanted to “give her a warning”.

The false licence plates, he said, were in case he was “caught speeding”.

Judge Clayton rejected that, saying Holman had displayed his genitals for 20 minutes of the 50 minute chat.

“Your interest was certainly sexual … the talk got down to sex with speed and without niceties,” he said.

Asked to suspend the sentence, Judge Clayton said it was “a difficult matter”.

However he agreed to do so because of Holman “had learned his lesson”, was remorseful and had no history of offending.

He ordered Holman serve a three-year, $1000 good behaviour bond and perform 200 hours of community service.

Sexual predator gets suspended sentence

Posted Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:43pm AEDT

A South Australian District Court Judge says low intelligence and mid-life boredom does not justify the crime of a man who used the Internet to lure a teenage girl to meet with him for sexual activity.

The man’s teenage victim turned out to be an adult police officer working undercover.

In May 46-year-old Phillip Joseph Holman met what he thought was a teenage girl on the Internet and sent her naked images of himself.

He arranged to meet her and took steps to disguise his identity, but was arrested by police at the meeting point.

Holman’s lawyer told the court his client was merely curious and had intended to warn the girl.

He explained the false number plates on Holman’s car were there in case he was caught speeding.

Judge Dean Clayton jailed Holman for two years and three months, with an 18-month non-parole period, but suspended the sentence by what he called the barest of margins.

Holman agreed to a three-year good behaviour bond and walked from court with his wife.